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Federal Budget Outcomes
On 6 May 2009 the Hon. Wayne Swan, MP announced the 2009-10 Federal Budget with the ABS receiving an additional $15m annually in Government appropriation. As a result, the Australian Statistician, Brian Pink has been able to reinstate funding to a number of ABS programs, including restoration of the full sample size for the Labour Force Survey, the continuation of the Retail and Job Vacancy Surveys, restoration of services from the National Information Referral Service (NIRS), reinstatement of funding for the State and Territory Statistical Service (STSS) as well as funding for most of the other programs that received funding cuts in 2008-09.
In addition to the above the ABS received funding for the creation of an index to measure out-of-pocket living costs by households whose main source of income is a pension or government benefit, and to assist in the measurement of progress in reform and improvements in service delivery against performance indicators in COAG National Agreements in the areas of health, disability, education and housing.
The ACT office would like to thank the ACT Government for their input into the possible savings initiatives for the ABS work program for 2009-10 and beyond.
Further details about the budget outcome and the ABS work program can be found on our website.
The ABS has commenced preparations for the next Census of Population and Housing, which will update information gathered in the 2006 Census. As the ABS gears up for the next census ABStract will provide you with updates on a range of census-related activities including links to relevant census information.
In 2011, Census Night will be Tuesday 9th August and every man, woman and child will need to be accounted for. The results will provide extensive and valuable information about our population and dwellings, at the national and state/territory level. The new lowest output level will be the Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) which consists of a population of approximately 400 people for urban areas and approximately 300 people for rural areas. For additional information please visit “Census Data” on the ABS website.
Implementation of the Australian Capital Territory Information Development Plan, 2008-2011
In February 2008 the Information Development Working Group (IDWG) was established to supplement work done by the Information Development Steering Committee (IDSC) and provide expertise in data collection, use and storage as well as provide a vehicle for ACT agencies to compare and share best practice in data and information development.
To enable a coordinated and targeted approach to the IDP implementation, the IDWG has developed three business cases, aimed to address different aspects of information improvement for the IDSC to endorse. The business cases include the following:
The hard working teams are led by Anne Jenkins from the Department of Housing and Community Services (Indigenous) and Gemma Wood from the Chief Ministers Department (Infrastructure and Children and Youth).
Meanwhile the ACT Office Executives together with the Statistical Liaison Officers have been out and about consulting and discussing with ACT Government agencies and corporate bodies on a range of issues including:
The ABS recently released results from the latest National Health Survey (NHS). The 2007-08 NHS collected information on health conditions and associated risk factors from households across the country. In particular, the survey measured people's height and weight for the first time since 1995.
Of particular interest to the ACT, the survey found that:
Further information is available from National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables 2007-08 (cat no. 4362.0). National data is available from National Health Survey: Summary of Results, Australia (cat. no. 4364.0).
New edition of Australian Social Trends
The ABS released the latest edition of Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) on 30 June 2009. The publication draws together a wide range of statistics from the ABS and other sources to provide a picture of Australian society and how it is changing over time.
The latest edition features five articles:
The release also includes indicator spreadsheets presenting national and state summary data on population, education and training, and other areas of social concern. They can be viewed via the Australian Social Trends link on the ABS website.
The publication shows that:
What's New in Regional Statistics (cat. no. 1386.0)
2011 Census of Population and Housing
The Census is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and one of the most important. The next Census, Australia’s 16th, is planned for the night of 9 August 2011. The ABS estimates that there will be in excess of 9 million dwellings included in the next Census.
The ABS has four key goals for the 2011 Census. These are to:
In preparation for the 2011 Census, the ABS is seeking the advice and support of community focussed and government organisations. The 2011 Census of Population and Housing Local and Regional Engagement Strategy discusses how your organisation can be involved. For the ACT the Census Engagement officer is Marriette O’Connell who can be contacted on (02) 6252 8924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the census can be found in the 2011 Census home page.
New Survey on Energy, Water and Environmental Management in the Business Sector
The ABS has developed a new survey to collect information on energy use, water use and environmental management in the business sector. In August 2009 the Energy, Water and Environment Survey 2008-09 will be sent to a sample of approximately 15 000 businesses across Australia.
The survey will provide robust industry-wide information which will inform and contribute to a number of high profile and current policy areas including:
Results from the survey will be publicly available on the ABS website from mid-2010, and data on water use and management will contribute to the development of the Water Account, Australia 2008-09 (cat. no 4610.0).
For further information, contact Sarah Coleman on (02) 6252 7715 or email email@example.com.
The Young Statisticians Conference 2009 will be held on 25th and 26th September 2009 at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS).
The list of speakers at this year’s Conference Include
New Indigenous resource on-line now: ABS
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has developed a new, free online resource to provide teachers and students with access to data on Indigenous Australia. Indigenous Statistics for Schools (ISS) provides easy to use data for students and teachers on topics such as Indigenous population, education, health, housing, work and more. Links to the original on-line data sources are also provided for those who want more information.
The ISS web pages also cover general issues such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification (including the history of the Census questions on ethnicity), how Indigenous statistics are collected and the importance of accurate Indigenous statistics. The resource offers easy to find data for classroom use, particularly for assignments. Students can use it as a 'jumping off' point to more detailed information found in ABS publications. The resource also aim to improve students ability to appropriately and rigorously examine numerical data
This free educational resource is available from the education pages of the ABS website.
For further information please contact Education Services on Free call 1800 623 273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expected Major Annual & Irregular Releases
Australian Bureau of Statistics - Annual Report, 2008-09 (October)
Australian Statistics Advisory Council - Annual Report, 2009 (October)
Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), July 2009 (September)
Vineyards Estimates, Australia, 2008-09 (October)
Local Government and ABS, September 2009 (September)
CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING
Census of Population and Housing: Australia's Children and Youth, 2006 (July)
Table Builder, 2006 (November)
Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2008 (August)
Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991-2021 (September)
Births, Australia, 2008 (October)
Divorces, Australia, 2008 (August)
Migration, Australia, 2007-08, (July)
Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia, 2007-08 (November)
Culture and Recreation News, September 2008 (September)
Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2009 (October)
Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2009 (October)
Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2007-08 (August)
Measuring Learning in Australia - Community Participation - A Snapshot, 2006 (July)
Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2008 (July)
Recorded Crime - Offenders, Australia, 2007-08 (August)
Alternative View of Electricity and Gas Supply Activity in Australia, September 2009 (September)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (October)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey: Children, 2008 (August)
Tobacco Smoking in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007-08 (November)
Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, April 2009 (October)
NATIONAL ACCOUNTS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE
Government Financial Estimates, Australia, 2009-10 (August)
LABOUR STATISTICS AND PRICES
Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2009 (July)
Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types, June 2009 (August)
Australian farming in Brief, 2009 (August)
Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2007-08 (July)
SECONDARY INCOME AND DISTRIBUTION
Innovation and Technology Update, August 2009 (August)
Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia, 2007-08 (September)
Business Use of Information Technology, 2007-08 (August)
Use of the Internet on farms, Australia, 2007-08 (August)
Internet Activity, Australia, June 2009 (September)
Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2007-08 (September)
Entry Points to the ABS ACT Office
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